Today’s featured book is one of the rare YA titles I’ve read and reviewed, For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund! I simply adore this author and her Noble Knights series!
about the book
For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund
Genre: Young Adult Historical
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?
Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?
As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?
Y’all know I don’t read very many YA titles but I WANTED to pick up this series because 1) JODY HEDLUND (I’ll try to be nice and not say “duh!” here) … 2) knights and damsels … and 3) my kids are getting closer to this age group by the day, mama needs to be prepared! Despite my general tendency to bypass YA, I honestly enjoyed each book in this series!
Thanks to her loving grandmother, Lady Sabine has lived a rather sheltered life yet she has also had the extraordinary pleasure of experiencing the world through rare books and artifacts. Sabine’s grandmother is willing to do just about anything to ensure her granddaughter’s future happiness despite the challenges they are up against. Lady Sabine is innocent, compassionate, and intelligent yet past experiences have left her wary and insecure.
Sir Bennett is trying to restore his family’s good name and preserve their home and lands. His honor dictates that he pay the debts owed to neighbors on his own yet the reality of an imminent attack by a disgruntled neighbor calls for a swift and complete solution. A marriage of convenience for money makes Bennett’s honor all twitchy and aggravated but he’s determined to do what he must to perform his duty with the utmost integrity and care.
So, as in many “marriage of convenience” stories, everyone is keeping secrets from everyone else and no one knows who to trust. For Love and Honor has a delightful mix of innocent first love and vivid medieval adventure.
I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
about the author
Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.
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The Importance of Recognizing an Author’s World View
Over the past several years, I’ve read quite a number of Young Adult (YA) books. Part of the reason is because I have four teens and one tween. So I want to keep up with the literary smorgasbord offered to teens, especially because so many books end up as blockbuster movies. Both the books and the movies open the door for lots of discussion. We talk about objectionable behaviors, difficult life-issues, character likability, and so much more.
One question I almost always ask is: So what’s this author’s worldview?
We all have a worldview– a set of principles we live by or the philosophy of life that guides us. Usually, we see everything through the lens of our worldview which dictates how we live, the decisions we make, the way we treat others, etc.
Authors have worldviews too. And those views color and shape everything we write into our books, whether we intend to or not.
For example, after reading the best seller A Fault in Our Stars, I talked to my daughters about cancer and all of the sadness and fear that come with it. But beyond that, we talked about the author’s worldview. What did he believe about death, the afterlife, about God (or the lack thereof), and about the meaning of human existence? The author’s philosophies DO come across. Perhaps subtly. But they are there nonetheless.
Most of the time, however, we don’t really take the time to think about the views that form the foundations of the books we read. In fact, I would go as far to say that most of the time our kids read for entertainment with little thought about the author’s worldview and how it may or may not line up with what they believe.
As a result of simply drinking in whatever we’re told, we become susceptible to fads, whims, and sometimes even deceitful philosophies masquerading as good.
Obviously, I permit my children to read a wide variety of books. I don’t shelter them or require them to only read classics. But hand-in-hand with giving them the opportunity to read popular books, I take my responsibility seriously to have frank discussions about what they’re reading (and watching).
The fact is, sadly, that all too many teen books nowadays require a lot of debriefing. And I have to admit that I would love to be able to have more choices for wholesome (yet entertaining!) books that I can put into my kids’ hands.
It’s my prayer that FOR LOVE & HONOR can be that kind of book. Please spread the word so that we can pave the way for more books just like it!
Noble Knights series
To celebrate her tour, Jody Hedlund is sponsoring a giveaway prize of all three novels in the Noble Knights series!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!
How about YOU? Do you think about an author’s worldview as you’re reading books?
Be sure to add For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund to your tbr!